GCS102U - MiniView 2 Port USB KVM Switch - IOGEAR, Continued
After plugging the keyboard and mouse in the front of the GCS102U unit, the rest of your required cables and the power supply plug into the back of this unit. It includes a lighted indicator which lets you know which PC is selected, and also serves the function of a selector button. The selector button provides a firm click to let you know when it has been pressed.
Unlike some of the other KVM units in this review, the GCS102U is hot swappable, which allows a user to remove the devices while the unit is powered. Although I am not sure why you would need to do this, it is a nice feature to have, nonetheless.
The cables that are included with the run are about four feet long and include both a VGA cable and a USB A to B cable. Installing the unit is pretty straight forward: plug the VGA monitor into the console, VGA DB15, and run the cables from the GCS102U to the computers.
The USB function of the unit works similar to a USB hub. Basically, it allows a user to share the USB keyboard and the USB mouse that are plugged into the front of the unit via the USB A to B cable that runs out of the back of the unit. In order to share additional USB devices, a user must have a hub plugged into the GCS102U. The only devices that can be shared have to be plugged into the GCS102U itself.
The manual that was included with the GCS102U did not even cover the GCS102U unit. The manual was written for the more advanced GCS124U KVM. This manual does cover the basics of KVM technology and how to hook up a KVM unit, but the information provided is very generic. It requires a user to translate this information to the GCS102U, which could lead to some confusion.
In our testing, we found that the GCS102U unit worked well, but in some instances the computer insisted that it was detecting new hardware after a switch was made. This didn't happen every time, but often enough that I thought I would mention it. After using the GCS102U unit for a while, when gaming with the unit I felt that the USB mouse response was on the sluggish side. I was able to raise the sensitivity of the mouse, which seemed to help somewhat. The display quality of the GCS102U was very good. I saw no loss of picture quality with this GCS102U installed.
Overall, like the Linksys KVM100SK, the GCS102U KVM is an excellent value. With the included cables and small size factor, it does not take up a lot of room on your desk and provides good performance for the price. I liked the fact that the unit was so small and that it was a little different from others that we tested. It will make a welcomed addition for users that want a KVM with only USB support.